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Zambia’s main opposition party seeks to impeach President Lungu

By on March 24, 2018

Zambia’s main opposition party, United Party for National Development (UPND), on Thursday filed a motion seekingthe impeachment of President Edgar Lungu, the presidency said on Friday.

UPND accuses President Lungu for abrogating the constitution by not handing over power to the speaker of the national assembly when the opposition challenged his victory in court in 2016.

“The UPND knows that the charges are defective and the motion cannot succeed but still brought it because they are not interested in the political dialogue,” presidential spokesman Amos Chanda said.

The motion, which would be debated on March 28, was signed by a third of the 167-member Parliament of the southern African nation.

Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema narrowly lost the election to President Edgar Lungu in 2016. Hichilema alleges the vote was fixed, and does not recognize Lungu as president. He has accused the president of becoming an increasingly authoritarian ruler.

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